Justice Lenaola seeks details of NGO in petition

Supreme Court Judge Isaac Lenaola has written to the  NGOs Coordination Board, demanding particulars of a lobby that has filed a petition before the Judicial Service Commission seeking investigations into his conduct.

In a letter through his lawyer Donald Kipkorir, Justice Lenaola wants executive director Fazul Mahamed to provide information about Angaza Empowerment Network whose boss Derrick Malika Ngumu has filed the petition over his alleged misconduct.

He wants to use the information to defend himself.

The judge has demanded specific details on when Angaza was registered, its objectives, board members and other top officials.

PREPARE DEFENCE

“To enable our client prepare his defence, we demand the following information pursuant Articles 35 and 50 of the constitution. Who were the initial subscribers to the NGO constitution, what the management structure of the NGO is and who occupies them,” the letter read.

Justice Lenaola is also seeking details on the NGO’s source of funding, its bank accounts and their numbers and signatories to the accounts.

In his petition against the judge and Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Mr Ngumu said he was in possession of highly confidential and detailed documents and evidence relating to their conduct.

CALL LOGS

The said documents contain call logs and SMSs of the cell phone numbers of the judges and advocates who represented Nasa in the presidential election petition that was filed before the Supreme Court.

Once the JSC receives the petition, the judges will have 21 days to respond.

Justice Lenaola has also written to the Standard Group demanding an apology over a story the newspaper published on September 19, alleging that he contacted some lawyers and agents during the hearing of the presidential petition.

He also wants Safaricom to confirm whether it, indeed, provided call-logs to Mr Ngumu, or whether any other third parties accessed information in his mobile phone.

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